Cloud-based infrastructure provides connections for M2M

NEC has launched the Connexive cloud-based infrastructure to provide services using M2M technologies to connect sensors and terminals to networks.

Beginning 1 September, NEC will offer Connexive to provide system infrastructure for M2M services through cloud platforms.

The service collects information from devices such as sensors, vending machines, information terminals and automobiles that are connected to networks using M2M technology. This information enables telecoms operators and companies to create new services that include remote device maintenance, sophisticated control management and improved control of vehicle operations.

Connexive includes applications and system infrastructure in support of M2M services that will be provided as cloud-based services and packaged software.

The service includes authentication of connected devices, control functions and data collection and storage as a cloud based service. This frees companies from having to develop system infrastructure for M2M services individually, reduces system development time by, claims NEC, approximately 30% and decreases installation costs by about 20%.

The service also complies with international standards that include the Open Mobile Alliance (OMA) and Broadband Forum (BBF), which are adopted by the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (Etsi).

As an introduction to the service, NEC will optionally offer an additional data storage service and an access line service.

The additional data storage service enables the flexible addition of storage space when data exceed system capacity. The access line service is an outsourcing service where NEC both secures and manages access lines for M2M services.

NEC anticipates sales of approximately 50 billion yen during the next three years.

NEC is also investigating cloud-based services that integrate M2M applications and system infrastructure for the agricultural and industrial machinery management areas.

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